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eHealth vision

To achieve high quality health care and improve patient safety by 2014, New Zealanders will have a core set of personal health information available electronically to them and their treatment providers regardless of the setting as they access health services.

  • Information will be recorded in digital formats throughout the health system.
  • Personal health information will be available, with appropriate access, across health care organisations.
  • People will be more involved in the collection and use of their personal health information.
  • Health care providers will have clearly defined roles when collecting, using and sharing personal health information.
  • Information improvements will be prioritised to enable clinicians to optimise their resources (time, facilities and equipment) and focus on the delivery of quality health care.

This vision is enabled by four principles:

  • person-centred electronic information
  • whānau, health workers and support carers are vital to the ongoing care of the person
  • clinicians who are integral to the development and ongoing use of personal health information solutions
  • community understanding and support of the appropriate use of, and access to, electronically stored personal health information.

Enabling an integrated health care model

A diagram showing projects from Phase 1 (2 years) and Phase 2 (5 years). Phase 1 includes primary–community projects and secondary–tertiary projects. These include GP2GP, e-prescribing, medicines reconciliation and national speciality systems. A continuum of care links the two areas, and includes referral and discharge projects.  Phase 2 is focused on shared care, including patient vitals, e-events, care plans and decision support projects. The clinical data repository is at the centre of the diagram, as it is central to all these projects.

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